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  • Drugs Type  : Multum
  • Date : 24th Jun 2015 08:50 am
  • Brand Name : Ablavar
  • Generic Name : gadofosveset trisodium (Pronunciation: GAD oh FOS ve set trye SOE dee um)
Descriptions

VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium) Injection is a sterile, nonpyrogenic, formulation of a stable gadolinium diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (GdDTPA) chelate derivative with a diphenylcyclohexylphosphate group. Each mL of VASOVIST Injection contains 244 mg of gadofosveset trisodium (0.25 mmol), 0.27 mg of fosveset, and water for injection.

It contains no preservative and the solution pH ranges between 6.5 to 8.0.

Gadofosveset trisodium is chemically trisodium-{(2-(R)-[(4,4-diphenylcyclohexyl) phosphonooxymethyl]-diethylenetriaminepentaacetato)(aquo) gadolinium(III),with a molecular weight of 975.88 g/mol, and an empirical formula of C33H40GdN3Na3O15P. It has a structural formula:

 

VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium) Structural Formula Illustration

Pertinent physiochemical data of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) Injection are provided below:

Table 3. Physiochemical Characteristics

Parameter Condition Value
Osmolality (mOsmol/kg water) @ 37°C 825
Viscosity (cP) @ 20°C 3.0
Density (g/mL) @ 25°C 1.1224

What are the possible side effects of gadofosveset trisodium (Ablavar)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite;
  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath; or
  • fast, uneven heart rate.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache, dizziness;
  • nausea;
  • flushing...

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Indications

VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) is indicated for use as a contrast agent in magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) to evaluate aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) in adults with known or suspected peripheral vascular disease [see Clinical Studies].

Dosage Administration

Dosing Guidelines

Administer VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) as an intravenous bolus injection, manually or by power injection, at a dose of 0.12 mL/kg body weight (0.03 mmol/kg) over a period of time up to 30 seconds followed by a 25-30 mL normal saline flush. (See Table 1 for weight-adjusted dose volumes).

TABLE 1: Weight-Adjusted Volumes for the 0.03 mmol/kg Dose

Body Weight Volume
Kilograms (kg) Pounds (lb) Milliliters (mL)
40 88 4.8
50 110 6.0
60 132 7.2
70 154 8.4
80 176 9.6
90 198 10.8
100 220 12.0
110 242 13.2
120 264 14.4
130 286 15.6
140 308 16.8
150 330 18.0
160 352 19.2

Inspect the VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) vial visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration. Do not use the solution if it is discolored or particulate matter is present.

VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) is intended for single use only and should be used immediately upon opening. Discard any unused portion of the VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) vial.

Do not mix intravenous medications or parenteral nutrition solutions with VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) . Do not administer any other medications in the same intravenous line simultaneously with VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) .

Imaging Guidelines

VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) imaging is completed in two stages: the dynamic imaging stage and the steady-state imaging stage. Both stages are essential for adequate evaluation of the arterial system, and dynamic imaging always precedes steady-state imaging. During interpretation of the steady-state images, VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) within the venous system may limit or confound the detection of arterial lesions. To assess the initial distribution of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) within the arterial system, begin dynamic imaging immediately upon injection. Begin steady state imaging after dynamic imaging has been completed, generally 5 to 7 minutes following VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) administration. At this time point, VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) is generally distributed throughout the blood. In clinical trials, steady-state imaging was completed within approximately one hour following VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) injection.

How Supplied

Dosage Forms And Strengths

VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) is a sterile solution for intravenous injection containing 244 mg/mL (0.25 mmol/mL) gadofosveset trisodium [see Storage and Handling]

Storage And Handling

VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) Injection is a sterile, clear, colorless to pale yellow solution containing 244 mg/mL (0.25 mmol/mL) of gadofosveset trisodium in rubber-stoppered vials with an aluminum seal. VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) Injection is supplied as follows:

NDC 50419-310-01 - 10 mL fills in 10 mL single use vials packages of 10 vials

NDC 50419-310-02 - 15 mL fills in 20 mL single use vials in packages of 10 vials

Store VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) Injection at 25°C (77°F: excursions permitted to 15 to 30°C [59 to 86°F]). Protect from light and freezing.

Distributed by Bayer Healthcare, Inc., Wayne, NJ, Co-Developed by EPIX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Lexington, MA.


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Side Effects

Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Clinical Studies Experience

Anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions were the most common serious reactions observed following VASOVIST injection administration [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

In all clinical trials evaluating VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) with MRA, a total of 1,676 (1379 patients and 297 healthy subjects) were exposed to various doses VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) . The mean age of the 1379 patients who received VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) was 63 years (range 18 to 91 years); 66% (903) were men and 34% (476) were women. In this population, there were 80% (1100) Caucasian, 8% (107) Black, 12% (159) Hispanic, 1% (7) Asian, and < 1% (6) patients of other racial or ethnic groups. Table 2 shows the most common adverse reactions ( ≥ 1%) experienced by subjects receiving VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) at a dose of 0.03 mmol/kg.

Table 2 Common Adverse Reactions in 802 Subjects Receiving VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) at 0.03 mmol/kg

Preferred Term n (%)
Pruritis 42 (5)
Headache 33 (4)
Nausea 33 (4)
Vasodilatation 26 (3)
Paresthesia 25 (3)
Injection site bruising 19 (2)
Dysgeusia 18 (2)
Burning sensation 17 (2)
Venipuncture site bruise 17 (2)
Hypertension 11 (1)
Dizziness (excluding vertigo) 8 (1)
Feeling cold 7 (1)

Post-marketing Experience

Because post-marketing reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. The profile of adverse reactions identified during the post-marketing experience outside the United States was similar to that observed during the clinical studies experience.

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Interactions

Following injection, VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) binds to blood albumin and has the potential to alter the binding of other drugs that also bind to albumin. No drug interaction reactions were observed in clinical trials. Consider the possibility of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) interaction with concomitantly administered medications that bind to albumin. An interaction may enhance or decrease the activity of the concomitant medication [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Warfarin

In a clinical trial of 10 patients receiving a stable dose of warfarin, a single dose of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) (0.05 mmol/kg) did not alter the anticoagulant activity of warfarin as measured by the International Normalized Ratio (INR).


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Warnings

Included as part of the PRECAUTIONS section.

Precautions

Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Gadolinium-based contrast agents increase the risk for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in patients with acute or chronic severe renal insufficiency (glomerular filtration rate < 30 mL/min/1.73m²) and in patients with acute renal insufficiency of any severity due to the hepato-renal syndrome or in the perioperative liver transplantation period. In these patients, avoid use of gadolinium-based contrast agents unless the diagnostic information is essential and not available with non-contrast enhanced MRA. For patients receiving hemodialysis, physicians may consider the prompt initiation of hemodialysis following the administration of a gadolinium-based contrast agent in order to enhance the contrast agent's elimination. VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) binds to blood albumin and use of a high-flux dialysis procedure is essential to optimized VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) elimination in patients receiving chronic hemodialysis. The usefulness of hemodialysis in the prevention of NSF is unknown [see BOXED WARNING and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Among the factors that may increase the risk for NSF are repeated or higher than recommended doses of a gadolinium-based contrast agent and the degree of renal function impairment at the time of exposure.

Post-marketing reports have identified the development of NSF following single and multiple administrations of gadolinium-based contrast agents. These reports have not always identified a specific agent. Prior to marketing of Vasovist (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) ®, where a specific agent was identified, the most commonly reported agent was gadodiamide (OmniscanTM), followed by gadopentetate dimeglumine (Magnevist®) and gadoversetamide (OptiMARK®). NSF has also developed following sequential administrations of gadodiamide with gadobenate dimeglumine (MultiHance®) or gadoteridol (ProHance®). The number of post-marketing reports is subject to change over time and may not reflect the true proportion of cases associated with any specific gadolinium-based contrast agent.

The extent of risk for NSF following exposure to any specific gadolinium-based contrast agent is unknown and may vary among the agents. Published reports are limited and predominantly estimate NSF risks with gadodiamide. In one retrospective study of 370 patients with severe renal insufficiency who received gadodiamide, the estimated risk for development of NSF was 4% (J Am Soc Nephrol 2006; 17:2359). The risk, if any, for the development of NSF among patients with mild to moderate renal insufficiency or normal renal function is unknown.

Screen all patients for renal dysfunction by obtaining a history and/or laboratory tests. When administering a gadolinium-based contrast agent, do not exceed the recommended dose and allow a sufficient period of time for elimination of the agent prior to any re-administration. NSF was not reported in clinical trials of VASOVIST [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

Hypersensitivity Reactions

VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) may cause anaphylactoid and/or anaphylactic reactions, including life-threatening or fatal reactions. In clinical trials, anaphylactoid and/or anaphylactic reactions occurred in two of 1676 subjects. If anaphylactic or anaphylactoid reactions occur, stop VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) Injection and immediately begin appropriate therapy. Observe patients closely, particularly those with a history of drug reactions, asthma, allergy or other hypersensitivity disorders, during and up to several hours after VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) administration. Have emergency resuscitative equipment available prior to and during VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) administration.

Acute Renal Failure

In patients with renal insufficiency, acute renal failure requiring dialysis or worsening renal function have occurred with the use of other gadolinium agents. The risk of renal failure may increase with increasing dose of gadolinium contrast. Screen all patients for renal dysfunction by obtaining a history and/or laboratory tests. Consider follow-up renal function assessments for patients with a history of renal dysfunction. No reports of acute renal failure were observed in clinical trials of VASOVIST [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

QTc Prolongation and Risk for Arrhythmias

In clinical trials, a small increase (2.8 msec) in the average change from baseline in QTc was observed at 45 minutes following VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) administration; no increase was observed at 24 and 72 hours. A QTc change of 30 to 60 msec from baseline was observed in 39/702 (6%) patients at 45 min following VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) administration. At this time point, 3/702 (0.4%) patients experienced a QTc increase of > 60 msec. These QTc prolongations were not associated with arrhythmias or symptoms. In patients at high risk for arrhythmias due to QTc prolongation (e.g., concomitant medications, underlying cardiac conditions) consider obtaining baseline electrocardiograms to help assess the risks for VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) administration. If VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) is administered to these patients, consider follow-up electrocardiograms and risk reduction measures (e.g., patient counseling or intensive electrocardiography monitoring) until most VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) has been eliminated from the blood. In patients with normal renal function, most VASOVIST was eliminated from the blood by 72 hours following injection [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Long-term animal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of gadofosveset. Gadofosveset was negative in the in vitro bacterial reverse mutation assay, in vitro CHO chromosome aberration assay, and the in vivo mouse micronucleus assay. Administration of up to 1.5 mmol/kg (8.3 times the human dose) to female rats for 2 weeks and to male rats for 4 weeks did not impair fertility [see Use in Specific Populations].

Use In Specific Populations

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category C

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) in pregnant women. In animal studies, pregnant rabbits treated with gadofosveset trisodium at doses 3 times the human dose (based on body surface area) experienced higher rates of fetal loss and resorptions. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, only use VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) during pregnancy if the diagnostic benefit justifies the potential risks to the fetus.

In reproductive studies, pregnant rats and rabbits received gadofosveset trisodium at various doses up to approximately 11 (rats) and 21.5 (rabbits) times the human dose (based on body surface area). The highest dose resulted in maternal toxicity in both species. In rabbits that received gadofosveset trisodium at 3 times the human dose (based on body surface area), increased post-implantation loss, resorptions, and dead fetuses were observed. Fetal anomalies were not observed in the rat or rabbit offspring. Because pregnant animals received repeated daily doses of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) , their overall exposure was significantly higher than that achieved with a single dose administered to humans.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether gadofosveset is secreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) is administered to a woman who is breastfeeding. The risks associated with exposure of infants to gadolinium-based contrast agents in breast milk are unknown. Limited case reports indicate that 0.01 to 0.04% of the maternal gadolinium dose is excreted in human breast milk. Studies of other gadolinium products have shown limited gastrointestinal absorption. These studies were conducted with gadolinium products with shorter half-lives than VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) . Avoid VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) administration to women who are breastfeeding unless the diagnostic information is essential and not obtainable with non-contrast MRA.

Less than 1% of gadofosveset at doses up to 0.3 mmol/kg was secreted in the milk of lactating rats.

Pediatric Use

The safety and effectiveness of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) in patients under 18 years of age have not been established. The risks associated with VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) administration to pediatric patients are unknown and insufficient data are available to establish a dose. Because VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) is eliminated predominantly by the kidneys, pediatric patients with immature renal function may be at particular risk for adverse reactions.

Geriatric Use

In clinical trials, no overall differences in safety and efficacy were observed between subjects 65 years and older and younger subjects. Whereas current clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between elderly and younger patients, greater susceptibility to adverse experiences of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.


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OverDose

VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) Injection has been administered to humans up to a dose of 0.15 mmol/kg (5 times the clinical dose). No VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) overdoses were reported in clinical trials. In the event of an overdose, direct treatment toward the support of all vital functions and prompt institution of symptomatic therapy. Gadofosveset has been shown to be removed by hemodialysis using a high flux dialysis procedure [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

ContrainDications

History of a prior allergic reaction to a gadolinium-based contrast agent.


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Clinical Pharamacology

Mechanism of Action

Following intravenous injection, gadofosveset binds reversibly to endogenous serum albumin resulting in longer vascular residence time than non-protein binding contrast agents. The binding to serum albumin also increases the magnetic resonance relaxivity of gadofosveset and decreases the relaxation time (T1) of water protons resulting in an increase in signal intensity (brightness) of blood.

Pharmacodynamics

In human studies, gadofosveset substantially shortened blood T1 values for up to 4 hours after intravenous bolus injection. Relaxivity in plasma was measured to be 33.4 to 45.7 mM-1s-1 (0.47 T) over the dose range of up to 0.05 mmol/kg.

Pharmacokinetics

The pharmacokinetics of intravenously administered gadofosveset conforms to a two-compartment open model with mean plasma concentrations (reported as mean ±SD) of 0.43 ± 0.04 mmol/L at 3 minutes post-injection, and 0.24 ± 0.03 mmol/L at one hour post-injection. The mean half-life of the distribution phase is 0.48 ± 0.11 hours and the mean half-life of the elimination phase is 16.3 ± 2.6 hours. The mean total clearance of gadofosveset is 6.57 ± 0.97 mL/h/kg following the administration of 0.03 mmol/kg.

Distribution

The mean volume of distribution at steady state for gadofosveset was 148 ± 16 mL/kg, roughly equivalent to that of extracellular fluid. A significant portion of circulating gadofosveset is bound to plasma proteins. At 0.05, 0.5, 1 and 4 hours after injection of 0.03 mmol/kg the plasma protein binding of gadofosveset ranges from 79.8 to 87.4%.

Metabolism

Gadofosveset does not undergo measurable metabolism in humans.

Excretion

Gadofosveset is eliminated primarily in the urine with approximately 83.5% of an injected dose excreted in the urine over 14 days. Ninety-four percent (94%) of urinary excretion occurs in the first 72 hours. A small portion of gadofosveset dose is recovered in feces (approximately 4.7%).

Special Populations

Renal Insufficiency: Administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents, including VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) to patients with severe renal insufficiency increases the risk for NSF. Administration of these agents to patients with mild to moderate renal insufficiency may increase the risk for worsened renal function [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Prior to use of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) in these patients, ensure that no satisfactory diagnostic alternatives are available. In patients with moderate to severe renal impairment (glomerular filtration rate < 60 mL/kg/m²), administer VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) at a dose of 0.01 mmol/kg to 0.02 mmol/kg. Consider follow-up renal function assessments following VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) administration to any patients with renal insufficiency.

A clinical study of gadofosveset, at a dose of 0.05 mmol/kg, was conducted in patients with mild, moderate, and severe renal impairment. The clearance decreased substantially as renal function decreased and the systemic exposure (AUC) increased almost 1.75-fold in patients with moderate (creatinine clearance: 30 to 50 mL/min) and 2.25-fold in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance < 30 mL/min). The elimination half-life increased from 19 hours in normal subjects to 49 hours in patients with moderate and 70 hours in patients with severe renal impairment. The volume of distribution at steady state and plasma protein binding of gadofosveset were not affected by renal impairment. Fecal elimination of gadofosveset increased as a function of increasing renal impairment (6.5% in normal subjects to 13.3% in patients with severe renal impairment).

Hemodialysis: Gadofosveset is removed from the body by hemodialysis using high-flux filters. Elimination of the total administered dose of gadolinium in dialysate over 3 dialysis sessions using high-flux filters averaged 46.8%, 12.9%, and 6.11% for the first, second, and third sessions, respectively.

Hepatic Insufficiency: The pharmacokinetics and plasma protein binding of gadofosveset was not significantly influenced by moderate hepatic impairment. A slight decrease in fecal elimination of gadofosveset was seen for the hepatic impaired subjects (2.7%) compared to normal subjects (4.8%).

Gender: No dosage adjustment is necessary based on gender. Gender had no meaningful effect on the pharmacokinetics of gadofosveset.

Geriatric: No dosage adjustment is necessary based on age. Age had no meaningful effect on the pharmacokinetics of gadofosveset.

Pediatric: Studies of gadofosveset in pediatric patients have not been performed.

Clinical Studies

Safety and efficacy of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) were assessed in two multi-center, open-label, Phase 3 clinical trials. In both trials, patients with known or suspected peripheral vascular disease underwent MRA with and without VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) as well as catheter-based X-ray arteriography. Diagnostic efficacy was based upon comparisons of sensitivity and specificity between MRA with and without VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) , with X-ray arteriography as the reference standard.

Out of 493 patients enrolled in these two trials, 424 were included in the comparison of the diagnostic efficacy of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) -MRA to that of non-contrast MRA in detection/exclusion of occlusive vascular disease ( ≥ 50% stenosis) in 7 vessel-segments in the aortoiliac region. The interpretation of MRA images from both trials was conducted by three independent radiologist readers who were blinded to clinical data, including the results of X-ray arteriography. In these 424 patients, the median age was 67 years with a range of 29 to 87 years; 58% of the patients were over 65 years of age; 83% were white and 68% were male.

The primary efficacy analyses were designed to demonstrate superiority in sensitivity and non-inferiority in specificity of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) -MRA as compared to non-contrast MRA at the vessel-segment level. The uninterpretable images were assigned an outcome of “wrong diagnosis”. Additionally, success was also based upon acceptable performance characteristics for the uninterpretable non-contrast MRA vessel segments that became interpretable following VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) administration. Specifically, the sensitivity and specificity for these VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) images were required to exceed 50%. These pre-specified success criteria were to be achieved by at least the same two readers for all primary analyses.

Superiority in sensitivity and non-inferiority in specificity was demonstrated for VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) -MRA by all three blinded readers. On average, 316 vessel segments were assessed for sensitivity and 2230 for specificity, by each reader. Table 4 summarizes the efficacy results, by reader.

Table 4: Performance Characteristics of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) -MRA and Non-contrast MRA

Reader SENSITIVITY SPECIFICITY
VASOVIST-
MRA [A]
Non-contrast
MRA [B]
[A] – [B]
(95% CI)*
VASOVIST
MRA [A]
Non-contrast
MRA [B]
[A] – [B]
(95% CI)*
1 89% 69% 20% 72% 71% 1%
(15%, 25%) (-3%, 5%)
2 82% 70% 12% 81% 73% 8%
(7%, 17%) (4%, 12%)
3 79% 64% 15% 85% 85% 0%
(9%, 21%) (-2%, 2%)
* (Based on cluster-corrected McNemar Test)

Among the three readers, 5 to 12% of the vessel-segments were deemed uninterpretable by non-contrast MRA. For these vessel segments, sensitivity of VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) -MRA ranged from 72% [95% CI (54%, 90%)] to 97% [95% CI (93%, 100%)] and specificity ranged from 72% [95% CI (67%,76%)] to 84% [95% CI (81%, 88%)].


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Patient Information

Instruct patients receiving VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) Injection to inform their physician or healthcare provider if they:

  • are pregnant or breast feeding
  • have a history of allergic reaction to contrast media, a history of bronchial asthma or allergic respiratory disorder
  • have a history of kidney and/or liver disease
  • have recently received a gadolinium-based contrast agent
  • have a history of heart rhythm disturbances, or cardiac disease
  • are taking any prescription or over-the counter medications

Gadolinium-based contrast agents, including VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) , increase the risk for NSF in patients with severe renal insufficiency or acute renal insufficiency of any severity due to the hepato-renal syndrome or in the perioperative setting of liver transplantation.

Patients with less severe renal insufficiency who receive repetitive administrations of a gadolinium-based contrast agent may have an increased risk for the development of NSF, especially if the time interval between the administrations precludes clearance of the previously administered contrast agent from the body. If VASOVIST (gadofosveset trisodium injection for intravenous use) is administered in these situations, instruct patients to contact their physician or healthcare provider if they develop signs or symptoms of NSF, such as burning, itching, swelling, scaling, hardening and tightening of the skin, red or dark patches on the skin, stiffness in joints with trouble moving, bending or straightening of the arms, hands, legs, or feet, pain deep in the hip bones or ribs, or muscle weakness [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Inform patients that they may experience:

  • reactions at the injection site, such as: redness, mild and transient burning or pain or feeling of warmth or coldness
  • side effects of itching or nausea


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Brand Names: Ablavar

Generic Name: gadofosveset trisodium (Pronunciation: GAD oh FOS ve set trye SOE dee um)

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What is gadofosveset trisodium (Vasovist)?

Gadofosveset trisodium is a contrast agent that produces magnetic effects. It is used in combination with magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) to allow blood vessels, organs, and other non-bony tissues to be seen more clearly on the MRA.

Gadofosveset trisodium is used to help diagnose certain disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

Gadofosveset trisodium may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of gadofosveset trisodium (Vasovist)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite;
  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath; or
  • fast, uneven heart rate.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache, dizziness;
  • nausea;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • mild itching;
  • numbness; or
  • redness, cold feeling, warmth, pain, burning, or bruising where the medicine was injected.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What is the most important information I should know about gadofosveset trisodium (Vasovist)?

Gadofosveset trisodium can cause a life-threatening condition in people with advanced kidney disease. The symptoms of this condition include:

  • burning, itching, swelling, scaling, and tightening or hardening of your skin;
  • muscle weakness;
  • joint stiffness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet;
  • deep bone pain in your ribs or your hips;
  • trouble moving; or
  • skin redness or discoloration.

Before receiving this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or if you are on dialysis. You may not be able to receive gadofosveset trisodium. Also tell your doctor if you have recently received any contrast agent similar to gadofosveset trisodium.

Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, a heart rhythm disorder, a personal or family history of Long QT Syndrome, asthma or allergies, if you are over 60 years old, if you have ever had a reaction to a contrast agent, or if you have recently had an injury, surgery, or severe infection.

Your doctor or other healthcare provider may want to watch you for a short time after your test is over. This is to make sure you do not have any unwanted side effects or delayed reactions.

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What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving gadofosveset trisodium (Vasovist)?

Gadofosveset trisodium can cause a life-threatening condition in people with advanced kidney disease. The symptoms of this condition include:

  • burning, itching, swelling, scaling, and tightening or hardening of your skin;
  • muscle weakness;
  • joint stiffness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet;
  • deep bone pain in your ribs or your hips;
  • trouble moving; or
  • skin redness or discoloration.

Before receiving this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or if you are on dialysis. You may not be able to receive gadofosveset trisodium. Also tell your doctor if you have recently received any contrast agent similar to gadofosveset trisodium.

To make sure you can safely receive this medication, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • diabetes;
  • high blood pressure;
  • liver disease;
  • a heart rhythm disorder;
  • a personal or family history of Long QT Syndrome;
  • asthma, hay fever, or a history of food or drug allergies;
  • if you are over 60 years old;
  • if you have ever had any type of reaction to a contrast agent; or
  • if you have recently had an injury, surgery, or severe infection.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether gadofosveset trisodium will harm an unborn baby. Before you receive this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether gadofosveset trisodium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Before you receive this medication, tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is gadofosveset trisodium given (Vasovist)?

Gadofosveset trisodium is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting during your MRA.

Your doctor or other healthcare provider may want to watch you for a short time after your test is over. This is to make sure you do not have any unwanted side effects or delayed reactions.

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What happens if I miss a dose (Vasovist)?

Since gadofosveset trisodium is used only during your MRA, you will not be on a dosing schedule.

What happens if I overdose (Vasovist)?

Since this medication is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid after receiving gadofosveset trisodium (Vasovist)?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What other drugs will affect gadofosveset trisodium (Vasovist)?

This medication can harm the kidneys in certain people, and this effect may be increased if you also use other medicines harmful to the kidneys. Many other drugs (including some over-the-counter medicines) can harm your kidneys. You may need dose adjustments or special tests if you have recently used any of these medications, such as:

  • lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid);
  • methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
  • pain or arthritis medicines such as aspirin (Anacin, Excedrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others;
  • medicines used to treat ulcerative colitis, such as mesalamine (Pentasa) or sulfasalazine (Azulfidine);
  • medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, such as cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune), sirolimus (Rapamune) or tacrolimus (Prograf);
  • IV antibiotics such as amphotericin B (Amphotec, AmBisome, Abelcet), amikacin (Amikin), bacitracin (Baci IM), capreomycin (Capastat), gentamicin (Garamycin), kanamycin (Kantrex), streptomycin, or vancomycin (Vancocin, Vancoled);
  • antiviral medicines such as acyclovir (Zovirax), adefovir (Hepsera), cidofovir (Vistide), foscarnet (Foscavir), ganciclovir (Cytovene), valacyclovir (Valtrex), or valganciclovir (Valcyte); or
  • cancer medicine such as aldesleukin (Proleukin), carmustine (BiCNU, Gliadel), cisplatin (Platinol), ifosfamide (Ifex), oxaliplatin (Eloxatin), streptozocin (Zanosar), or tretinoin (Vesanoid).

There may be other drugs that can affect gadofosveset trisodium. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about gadofosveset trisodium.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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